Welcome to the Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition

The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition (NTMHC) is the peak body for community managed mental health services across the Northern Territory. The Coalition has a network of 200 individuals, organisations and stakeholders including a membership of 35 organisations. The Coalition is a member of both the Mental Health Australia (MHA) and Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA).

The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition is the peak body for community mental health and wellbeing. We represent NT community managed mental health organisations. We work in collaboration with a wide network of organisations, people with lived experience, their families and supporters across the Northern Territory. We work at both a national and local level to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Territorians. Each year the Coalition supports events for Mental Health Week, including the launch, administering the online calendar, and organising the community Mental Health Awards.

To access the updated Strategic Plan click here.

Latest News

NDIA

On the 21st of March the Government announced a range of measures to support NDIS participants and providers – click here to view the list of measures.

The NDIA is regularly updating the NDIS website which has information on understanding and accessing measures the NDIA has in place.

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission is also issuing regular advice to registered NDIS providers. Provider alerts can be found here.

A new online Infection Control course, offered by the Department Health, protecting yourself and staff and the people you care for from infection with COVID-19. The online training.

The Department of Health has developed specific advice on Personal Protective Equipment when looking after people who are confirmed to have, or suspected of having, COVID-19. Click here.

Registered NDIS Providers are required to ensure ‘continuity of support requirements’ are in place for all participants who are in their care. They are also required to notify the NDIS Commission of any changes to the scale of their operations –
Email: registrations@ndiscommission.gov.au 
Phone: 1800 035 544

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National Peer Workforce Guidelines Survey

The National Mental Health Commission, recently launched National Peer Workforce Guidelines Survey.

Under the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, the Commission is leading the development of National Peer Workforce Development Guidelines by 2021 to sustain and grow the workforce. In collaboration with RMIT University, the Commission has launched a national online survey to help inform the initial draft of the Peer Workforce Development Guidelines.

All peer workers and anyone who works in the mental health sector are invited to complete the survey.

The survey is anonymous, and should take approximately 15 minutes to complete and will be open until 31 March 2020, share your views.

More info about the National Peer Workforce Development Guidelines.

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Draft Report Released 31 Oct 2019

The Productivity Commission conducted an Inquiry into the Social and Economic Benefits of Improving Mental Health in Australia. The draft Report and recommendations, including key mental health stakeholders across Australia have agreed upon a Charter 2020 which outlines the need for a national agreement for mental health.

Click here to read the Draft Report Released Oct 2019 from the Productivity Commission

A response from NTHMC to the Draft Report and in collaboration with NT Shelter and Darwin Community Legal Service.  Click here to read the response

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My Recovery – Peer Led Education Program

My Recovery – Peer Led Education Program

My Recovery is a multi-session education and support program for people living with mental health issues. The program is led by peers – trained people who have their own experience of mental health issues and recovery.

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Reimagine Stage 2 Co-Design Project

Do you, or someone you care for, have a mental health concern that impacts you day to day?

Do you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander?

If so, you are invited to join an upcoming co-design session to create NEW resources to support you and your community to access the NDIS. Click here.

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NDIS News

The NDIS Worker Orientation Module is now available. The NDIS Commission will begin accepting applications for provider registrations in Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, Australia's Capital Territory and the Northern Territory from 1 July 2019.To ensure a smooth...

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National Indigenous Critical Response Service (NICRS) & StandBy – Support After Suicide Service

The National Indigenous Critical Response Service and StandBy – Support After Suicide Service are programs of Thirrili Ltd. Both programs work together to complement each other and provide support to individuals, families and communities impacted by suicide loss.

These services are contactable 24/7 on:

  • NICRS free call 1800 805 801 or mobile 0499 333 132.
  • StandBy mobile 0418 575 680.

For notifications and referrals for either service email suicidesupport.nt@thirrili.com.au

For further information download the flyer or visit the website.

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Coronavirus Information

Community Services Update

Anglicare NT remains committed to continuing to provide services to individuals, families and communities across the Territory. We care about you, our community, our staff and volunteers. We are complying with government directives and taking extra health and safety precautions.

CatholicCare NT
COVID-19 – We’re here for everyone. A statement from the CEO of Catholic Care, Jane Lloyd. We understand this is a difficult time for people, many of us are already dealing with difficult situations and daily we are facing new challenges that COVID-19 brings. To support all Territorians you can now access our services through a dedicated support telephone line. Experienced staff will be available to talk through your concern or worry and you will be provided with information, advice or referral.

helpingminds support services
https://helpingminds.org.au/coronavirus-caring/

Mental Health Association Central Australia (MHACA). – Mental Health Support during COVID-19. If you are feeling anxious or distressed, or are concerned about the mental health of someone else, MHACA can assist you to find the support you need in the local community and beyond.

Mental Illness Fellowship Australia NT (MIFANT).
Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (NT) is still operating and are still providing much needed support to our MH Carers, Consumers and our Young people. MIFANT have made adjustments to the way the programs are delivered.

Mission Australia  – Our ability to prioritise our vital services at Mission Australia becomes ever more important at times like this, because we know that the most vulnerable in society are often those most greatly impacted. Protecting our most vulnerable now, will help our communities and country to bounce back quickly and thrive into the future.

TeamHEALTH
TeamHEALTH would like to advise that as an organisation, we are committed to continuing to support all of our participants, their families and our community, whilst adhering to the important infection control procedures around hygiene, social distancing and group gatherings.

TEMHCO
Due to the coronavirus TEMHCO has made several changes to the delivery of their programs. TEMHCO continues to provide confidential one on one basic counselling service as well as transport to appointments or other essential local travel during this time.

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NT Disability Sector COVID-19

COVID-19 updates for the disability sector

In recent days there has been a further information and updates around COVID-19, and to ensure that you are kept abreast of all of the updates being provided we have included the following:

  • A  media release from the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory 23.03.2020 covering new measures being put in place
  • An update from Minister Stuart Robert regarding new COVID-19 measures for participants and providers
  • And a joint statement from the Treasurer and Prime Minister of Australia 22.03.2020 on supporting Australian workers and business.
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Community Mental Health Australia

Advocacy and Representation

CMHA Third National NDIS and Mental Health Conference

Adelaide Convention Centre – ON HOLD –

Click here for more information 

Mental Health First Aid Australia

Find an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructors in the Northern Territory and Nationwide.

 

Useful Links

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Service Review 2017

In February 2017, the Northern Territory Primary Health Network engaged the Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition, as the peak body for community managed mental health services in the Northern Territory, to undertake the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Service Review
Click here to view the report

Free Online Peer Support Forums

The sane forums are a safe, anonymous online community for people living with mental illness and their families, friends and carers.

SANE Australia is inviting NTMHC members to join this free program, simply by integrating the service into their websites. These partnerships with community mental health organisations are vital for promoting the forums into metropolitan, regional, and rural communities around Australia.

Sane Australia Representation Survey


In 2018 SANE Australia conducted a survey asking Australians how they wanted mental illness to be represented in images. With over 5,000 participants, the majority of those having a lived experience of mental illness, the survey results gave a clear indication of the types of images that contribute to stigma and which images portray a fair and accurate representation of living with a mental illness.
For the survey report please click here.